Should Christians Pray, "Thy Will Be Done?"


Should Christians Pray, "Thy Will Be Done?"  This question seems absurd to the highest degree to those that have the slightest knowledge of what the bible teaches.  I believe that most children in Sunday School Class could answer this question correctly by saying, "Of course we should, Jesus told us to."

Amazingly, there are many popular Word Faith Teachers that teach that we should never pray "Thy will be done."  They believe that if you pray, "Thy will be done," that this shows a lack of faith.  

Let me first give some scriptures that teach us how to pray and that it is the Lords will not ours:

"And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt,"
Matthew 26:39

"After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.  Amen,"
Matthew 6:9-13

"Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness,"
Psalm 143:10

"For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.  But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil."
James 4:15-16

"And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us."
1 John 5:14

"But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will.  And he sailed from Ephesus,"
Acts 18:21

"Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? For I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.  And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done,"
Acts 21:13-14

"But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power,"
1 Corinthians 4:19

"And this will we do, if God permit,"
Hebrews 6:3

"Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God,"
Hebrews 10:7

"And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?"
Daniel 4:35

The Bible is abundantly clear that it is God's will and not our own.  When the Apostles asked Jesus how to pray He taught us to pray, "Thy will be done."  David in the Psalms declares to Almighty God, "Teach me to do thy will."  James, John, Luke, and the author of Hebrews echo these principles, to teach otherwise is the height of arrogance, pride, and blasphemy.

Will you still follow a man that has heretical teachings?  I pray that you choose to follow God over man.  In Deuteronomy 13:3, God says that He will test us with false prophets to see if we truly love Him, "You shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for the LORD your God is testing you to find out if you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul."

Below are numerous qoutes from various Word Faith/Prosperity Preachers that can be seen every day on "Christian" television.  I have removed their names from their qoutes because numerous "Christian" leaders rely on the power of the courts instead of the power of God.  Does the Bible Forbid Christians to Sue each Other?

All of the Word faith/Prosperity Preachers listed below are/were on "Christian" television and they each have thousands of members in their churches.  How can this be?  It is a fulfillment of biblical prophecy:

"Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.  For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.  Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.  Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears."
Acts 20:28-31.

"Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage--with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths."
2 Timothy 4:2-4

"But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.  And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.  And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not."
2 Peter 2:1-3

"For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.  But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.  For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him....For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.  And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works."
2 Corinthians 11:2-4, 11-13


Don't Pray, Thy Will Be Done Qoutes:

"...never, ever, ever go to the Lord and say, 'If it be thy will…' Don't allow such faith-destroying words to be spoken from your mouth. When you pray "if it be your will, Lord," faith will be destroyed. Doubt will billow up and flood your being. Be on guard against words like this which will rob you of your faith and drag you down in despair."
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"Because we didn't understand what Jesus said, and because we've been religiously brainwashed instead of New Testament taught.  We watered down the promises of God, and tacked on what Jesus didn't say.  And added on something else to it.  Well, he will be alright, 'if it's His will'  But it might not be His will, people have said.  And yet you don't find that kind of talk in the New Testament."
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"It is unscriptural to pray, 'If it is the will of God.'  When you put an 'if' in your prayer, you are praying in doubt."
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"There have been times when I have been praying about a loved one near death, and the Lord has said to me, 'I'll do whatever you tell me to do.'"
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"I have found that the most effective way to pray can be when you demand your rights.  That's the way I pray: 'I demand my rights!"
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"Don't you pray, "If its thy will" perfect faith cannot exist where the will of God is not known."
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"Where there is doubt concerning the will of God, faith very simply cannot exist. I use to pray these words, 'If it be thy will for healing,' before I read and believed God's word.  Since I was a good christian boy, I would get on my knee's like many of you and I'd pray, 'Oh God!'  I thought for many years that God's first name was oh.  'Oh God, if it's your will heal this person.'  Do you know what my doubt filled prayers produced?  Seven members of my immediate family died within 18 months.'  I practically grew up in a funeral home listening to preacher after preacher explain how it was God's will that another flower was picked for the bouquet in heaven...Let's settle the matter once and for all, God doesn't want you sick."
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"But neither is it God’s will.  See we’ve got two hands on this thing.  We say on the one hand, it’s not a sin to be sick; but on the other hand, neither is it God’s will.  You don’t want to just say, “Well, praise the Lord.  It’s not a sin to be sick and I guess I’ll just embrace it.”  No, no, neither is it God’s will.  God’s will is determined one way.  God’s will is determined by God’s word – not by what happens.  You can’t just sit back passively and say, “Well such-and-such a thing happened; therefore, it must be God’s will.”  I mean, that’s such poor theology – makes you a better Hindu than a Christian.  God’s will is determined by God’s word."
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"It's not enough for us to just lie back and say, 'We'll, if it's God's will for me to have victory I guess He'll just give it to me.  If it's His will for me to be healed, He'll just heal me.'  No!  It is His will. He did give it to you.  By His stripes you were healed."
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"It is your decision!  Jesus is saying, "I have already made it available. What I want to know is, will you have it?"  Wholeness hinges on your decision.  Christians have had the idea for too long that our healing is up to God only.  We have prayed, "Heal us if it be Thy will."  We thought if we squalled and bawled and talked "religious" that God would feel sorry for us, finally, and might give us about half of what we needed.  All this time God has been standing at the throne saying, "Come boldly and obtain all these love gifts that I have for you.  Wilt thou live in health?  Wilt thou prosper?  Wilt thou be above and not beneath?  Wilt thou be the head and not the tail?  Wilt thou be blessed?  Wilt thou have life?  Wilt thou have all of thy household saved? Wilt thou have them all filled with the Holy Ghost?  Wilt thou be what I have said in My Word that you can be?  Wilt thou have great success?"  God wants you to be made whole: spirit, soul, and body.  Whether you will depends upon your decision.  Make a decision for life today!"
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"What they told me to do was that whenever I prayed I should always say, 'The will of the Lord be done,'  Now, doesn't that sound humble?  It does.  Sounds like humility, it's really stupidity. I mean, you know, really, we insult God.  I mean, we really do insult our Heavenly Father.  We do; we really insult Him without even realizing it.  If you have to say, 'If it be thy will or Thy will be done' if you have to say that, then you're calling God a fool because he's the One that told us to ask."
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"Before I came into knowledge of the things of God, I thought that it was a mark of humility to end a prayer with, "Lord, if it be Your will."  The fact that I said, "If it be," meant that I did not know what God's will was.  If you do not know God's will, you are not praying in faith.  If you are not praying in faith, your prayer is not going to be answered.  God's will is in His Word.  If you put, "If it be," on the end of a petition prayer, it will not be answered."
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"If it be Thy will' is a badge of doubt."
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"If you put, 'if it be' on the end of a petition prayer, it will not be answered."
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"I believe the 'Lord's Prayer' is not for Christians today."
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"Quit this old cop out prayer, 'if it be thy will' it's bunk!"
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"I'm going to pray the prayer of faith, not one of those, 'Lord if it be thy will' I don't have to pray a prayer of doubt and unbelief!"
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"People try to substitute something else for faith. “Well, I’m not real strong in faith, but.” And they try – there’s no substitute.  What faith will do – listen to this.  I’ve never said this quite like this – what faith will do, only faith will do. What faith will do, only faith will do.  For example, you cannot substitute faith with the sovereignty of God.  People try to do that.  They say, “Well, if it’s the Lord’s will, I’ll be healed.”  You’ll die.  If somebody said – what about this? “Sir, are you saved?” “Nope.”  “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you’ll be saved.”  “Well, no, if the Lord wills me to be saved, I’ll be saved; if not, I’ll be lost.”  That man’s going to hell because he is trying to substitute faith with the sovereignty of God.  Somebody says, “Don’t you believe in the sovereignty of God?”  God is sovereign outside of His Word.  God was sovereign until He spoke His Word, but God bound Himself by His own Word because God will not lie.  Psalm 138, verse 2 says, “God has exalted His Word, even above all of His name.”  God didn’t have to make one single promise, but He did. God didn’t have to give a Word, but He did.  God didn’t have to write a Bible, but He did, and once He did, He limited His sovereignty."
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"I talked about…all non-Christian philosophies ultimately lead to a…really the word is absurdism – you didn’t know that was a word, but it is – it leads to absurdism or fatalism.  But unfortunately, I have noted this: that a lot of Christians have a lot of fatalism in their personal life philosophy.  And they kind of just think, “Well, is it not ‘Que sera, sera?’” and “You just never know what’s going to happen,” and “Maybe it’ll turn out all right, but maybe it won’t.”  A lot of Christians hold to fatalism because they want to be absolved of personal responsibility.  If their life isn’t all that they would like it to be or hope it to be, they say, “Well, you know, must be the will the God.”  I don’t think so."
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)

"But I’m not going to weave some argument that ultimately, though it’s very sophisticated in its language and you don’t see it right away, I’m not going to weave some argument that ultimately blames God and ultimately says, “Well, it must be God’s will for you to remain in this sickness.”  No, I’m going to say, “There’s been a faith failure and it’s been on my part."
(Popular Word Faith/Prosperity Preacher)
"Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness."
Psalm 143:10
"For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.  But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil."
James 4:15-16
"And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us."
1 John 5:14
John MacArthur: Word Faith, Positive Confession, Prosperity Gospel, Name it Claim it False Gospel.